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Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by VicRob » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:15 pm

Hi everyone

Just wanted to share a little moment we had today.

We have been fascinated by these magnificent birds since our first sighting a couple of years ago.

This trip we have learned two new things about them

Firstly ...no laughing here...that they can fly, we had no idea they could get off the ground. :roll: :roll:

Secondly very early this morning we came across nesting Ground Hornbills in a tree on the S100. They were "singing" together in unison. and the sound was just beautiful and very unusual, almost sounded tribal.

We were lucky to capture it on video.

So we feel that it was a privilege to witness this and wondered if it is something that is commonly seen and heard??
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by saraf » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:19 pm

I must admit to also being stunned to see them fly the first time.

Would love to hear the sound. I've heard them booming over the veld, which is quite something. Hope you can share the video when you get home.
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:25 pm

Also don't know what sound they make............will listen out next time we see them. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:47 pm

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Please post the video, as part of your trip report :thumbs_up: or sooner :thumbs_up: :D
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by arks » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:21 am

I've seen ground hornbills flying on several occasions -- and also admit to being surprised the first time! -- but I've never heard them "singing" (and rarely the "booming" that saraf mentions), so am eager to see your video :dance: 8)
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by moobox » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:06 am

I've never seen them flying and I've never heard what they sound like, booming or singing. I've sat and watched them scratching around in the dust a lot. So, I thought I'd check if the Sasol Bird App (IPAD) has the call. Lo and behold it doesnt even list the bird. So, looking forward to the video.

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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by VicRob » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:11 am

Oh now we are under pressure !

Have the video on the IPad, not sure if there is any way to get it here?? :hmz:
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by moobox » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:17 am

Slap it on youtube and give us the link.

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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by kite » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:40 am

I looked under alphabetical, " H " in index on the right hand column, and it is listed under Southern Ground Hornbill.

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Unread post by DavenJan » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:52 am

moobox wrote: So, I thought I'd check if the Sasol Bird App (IPAD) has the call. Lo and behold it doesnt even list the bird. So, looking forward to the video.


I have the app on my tablet and it comes under Southern Ground Hornbill. Love to hear the call in the early morning, seems to travel for ever :)
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:40 am

I have seen them flying before and must admit they do so with relative ease for such large birds.
Have also heard their usual booming call and it's pretty distinctive once you know it.
But would love to hear the singing sound.
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by arks » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:53 pm

:popcorn:

But NO pressure, VicRob. Happy to wait until you're back home :whistle: :wink:
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Re: Ground Hornbill Song

Unread post by yoda » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:01 pm

Yup, seen them flying a few times.
They have white flight feathers which you can't see when they are walking along the ground.


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